Claire Vennis and Joff Lacey bring you our daily update of fast facts in a friendly voice.

The Morning Report also contains a chat with local artist Justin Lees who is auctioning a painting to raise money to make scrubs for the health service.

And Mental Health Awareness week continues as the 60 Second Support campaign offers advice on staying connected from the charity Young Minds.

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We share information with the Petersfield Coronavirus Resource Hub, the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group and other local agencies.

Information transcript

If you have an emergency eye problem, Arnolds Opticians now has a system for pre-arranged appointments. Call reception on 263 302 to make a booking or you can knock on the High Street clinic door and someone will come out and help you.

This booking service is for urgent eye care only, which would include sudden sight loss, or blurred vision; or a painful or red eye. If you are worried about any new symptoms, the Arnolds team can help you.

If you need replacement glasses or have a problem with contact lenses it’s also worth giving them a call. And if you normally get your contact lenses from Arnolds the business is now posting out supplies to existing patients.

This is the final few days in the Mental Health Awareness Week and the 60 Second Support campaign you’ve been hearing in the Morning Report continues today. Young Minds supporter Sean Fletcher is talking about the importance of ‘Staying Connected’

Sixty Second Support with Heads Together is supported by the Audio Content Fund.

Don’t forget there are free online support sessions for whatever you are finding challenging at the moment hosted by The Centre for Complementary Medicine. The next session is today, Tuesday, at 2pm. To find out about other sessions and any further details email

Now for today’s interview, with Petersfield artist Justin Lees. Good morning, Justin.

[interview – listen in the audio]

A reminder that the painting and all details are on Justin’s website at

If that’s inspired you and you’re 11 years old or under – listen up!

If you love drawing, colouring or painting this is just for you because MADhurst and the South Downs National Park have joined forces and devised a competition to celebrate the Park’s 10th anniversary.

And if you also love nature, it’s even better! The South Downs National Park is home to several well-loved creatures, and others that are beautiful but less well known. The organisers challenge you to make a piece of amazing artwork inspired by only ONE of the following:

  • otter
  • water vole
  • sand lizard
  • emperor dragonfly
  • barn owl
  • natterjack toad
  • red kite
  • Adonis blue butterfly
  • hare
  • potter flower bee

There are three age groups: 5 years and under; 6 – 8 years and 9 – 11 years. All entries will be displayed at the South Downs Garden Party at the South Downs Centre Midhurst. First prize and runners up prizes will be awarded in each category.

Plus, the winners will have their artwork turned into a limited edition postcard, which will be available for sale in the South Downs Centre, while stocks last.

Closing date for entries is 31 May 2020. You can find out full terms and conditions and entry form on the MADhurst website: So get creating!

J: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service encourages us all to test our smoke alarms every Tuesday. Smoke alarms save lives, by waking you up, giving you that essential early warning and vital time to escape and call 999. So test the battery once a week – make that a Tuesday then you’ll remember – by pressing the button until the alarm sounds. More information on

And now a thank you. Residents of Sheet have had masks made for them by Jill Haines since the beginning of lockdown. Jill doesn’t charge but all donations go to the Rosemary Trust. Not only are the masks comfortable and practical, but they come in some lovely patterned fabrics.

Travel news

On the roads, no major problems around the Petersphere but the central car park is partially closed over the next four weeks for surface slurry work.

Hampshire County Council plans kerbstone replacements today and tomorrow on Frenchman’s Road and tomorrow night there’s resurfacing work at the junction of Station Road and Tilmore Road.

Further afield – if you have a boat moored at Gosport Marina you’ll be pleased to know that the Gosport Ferry is running every day this week so you don’t need to drive the long way round.

Petersfield weather

A bit of cloud around at first but plenty of sunshine later with temperatures up to 21 degrees and feeling even warmer than yesterday in light westerly winds.

Contact us

If you want to let us know how alert you are staying, thank someone or have a news item for the report, do call us on Petersfield 5 55 500 or email And we’re on social media too.

More great listening

Noni and Lucy are here at this time tomorrow and later today we will bring you the latest edition of the P pod including some great personality interviews with some of the most interesting people in and around Petersfield.

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